MDB files are a type of Microsoft Access Database files. It’s the default file type for MS access versions up until 2003, when the now more common ACCDB format was implemented, followed by the even newer ACCDBX. These older files can contain things like tables, queries, data and more, and they can also link to other file types such as XML and HTML.
Though rare, an alternative type of MDB file is the Avid Media Database file – it stores information about media files used in Avid video editing projects.
How can you open MDB files?
Ideally, a version of Microsoft Access is required. Newer versions can still open the outdated file format. Microsoft Excel can open but not properly read these files – they will need to be saved in a spreadsheet format first.
What programs work with MDB files?
Primarily, Access and Excel, but sources like MDBopener let you open these files in your browser, without installing a piece of software first. You won’t be able to edit or change anything in them, but you can look at them and export them as a CSV or XLS format instead.